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Unpaid domestic work

In the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) 22% of the population over 15 did more than 14 hours of housework each week in 2011.

There has been increased interest in identifying, acknowledging and valuing the unpaid work that supports home and community life. The changing amount of time spent on unpaid housework in different Household Types and, particularly the distribution of this work within the household, can indicate the changing roles of males, females and older children in society. The level of unpaid domestic work in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) may also be related to Household Income, as higher income households are able to outsource some of these tasks.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last week did the person spend time doing unpaid domestic work for their household?'

Persons aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid domestic work
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Hours spent on unpaid domestic workNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Did unpaid domestic work1,536,67667.467.61,369,96067.667.0+166,715
Less than 5 hours489,03821.523.4418,58120.723.0+70,456
Between 5 and 14 hours556,71924.424.5472,60623.323.3+84,113
Between 15 and 29 hours256,19111.210.8235,42911.610.8+20,761
30 hours or more234,72810.38.9243,34312.09.9-8,615
Did no unpaid domestic work551,83124.223.8453,71622.421.9+98,115
Not stated190,9268.48.6202,27210.011.1-11,347

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid domestic work, 2011
Unpaid domestic work, 2011 Not stated, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Did no unpaid domestic work, Greater Sydney: 23.8% 30 hours or more, Greater Sydney: 8.9% Between 15 and 29 hours, Greater Sydney: 10.8% Between 5 and 14 hours, Greater Sydney: 24.5% Less than 5 hours, Greater Sydney: 23.4% Not stated, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 8.4% Did no unpaid domestic work, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 24.2% 30 hours or more, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 10.3% Between 15 and 29 hours, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 11.2% Between 5 and 14 hours, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 24.4% Less than 5 hours, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 21.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid domestic work, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -11,347 Did no unpaid domestic work, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +98,115 30 hours or more, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -8,615 Between 15 and 29 hours, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +20,761 Between 5 and 14 hours, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +84,113 Less than 5 hours, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +70,456
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid domestic work performed by the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of persons who performed 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work per week.

Overall, 21.5% of the population reported performing 15 hours or more of unpaid domestic work, compared with 19.7% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the share of the population performing unpaid domestic work in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who did unpaid domestic work (total) (10.3% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (21.5% compared to 23.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the number of people performing unpaid domestic work in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), between 2006 and 2011 were those who:

  • Did unpaid domestic work (+166,715 persons)
  • Did no unpaid domestic work (+98,115 persons)
  • Did between 5 and 14 hours of domestic work (+84,113 persons)
  • Did less than 5 hours of domestic work (+70,456 persons)

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